Pronunciation for fun and … who are we kidding, there’s no profit

As we dive back into Troilus and Cressida, there’s always the question of pronunciation (since these are not run-of-the-mill twenty-first century names). Not only helpful in the reading of the play, it can also be very helpful when we attempt to scan the poetic lines to look at the meter (and thus revealing action and character).

 Priam :: PRYE – uhm

 Cassandra :: ka – SAN – dra

 Troilus :: TROY – lus

 Hector :: HEK – tor

 Paris :: PA – rus

 Helenus :: HELL – eh – NUS

 Deiphobus :: dee – EYE – fu – BUS

 Andromache :: an – DRO – ma – KEY

 Aeneas :: ah – NEE – us (or eh – NEE – us)

 Antenor :: an – TEE – nor (or an – TEH – nor)

 Cressida :: KRES – si – DUH (shortened to KRES – sid)

 Calchas :: KAL – kas (also KAL – has)

 Pandarus :: PAN – duh – RUS

 Agamemnon :: A – geh – MEM – non

 Nestor :: NES – tor

 Ulysses :: you – LIS – sees

 Diomedes :: DIE – ah – MEE – dees (short: DIE – ah – MED)

 Menelaus :: MEH – neh – LAY – us

 Ajax :: A -JACKS

 Achilles :: uh – KILL – ees

 Helen :: HEH – len

 Patroclus :: pah – TRO – clus (or pa – TRAH – clus)

 Myrmidons :: MEER – meh – DONS

 Thersites :: ther – SIE – tees

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